Men’s Hockey Names David Goodwin Captain; Ricky DeRosa, James Robinson Alternates
It’s official: David Goodwin is the fourth captain in Penn State hockey’s Division 1 history.
Goodwin led the team with 38 points last season; 11 goals and a team-leading 27 assists. The forward has helped a young team find identity, breaking Casey Bailey’s points record and returning to Penn State for his senior year. He flew under the radar at the beginning of last season while the team voted for David Glen as captain and Luke Juha and David Thompson as alternates, but Goodwin’s quiet leadership and on-ice prowess last season makes this an obvious choice. He was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team and an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention for the past two seasons.
Joining Goodwin in letters are Ricky DeRosa and James Robinson. DeRosa, a senior forward, racked up 10 points last season, with a career-high six goals and four assists. His clutch factor is unrivaled, with four game-winning goals under his belt. Our favorite was shoot out fakeout in a win (technically a tie because of weird college hockey rules, but a win to us) at Michigan State, one of the most intense games of last season. He’s also the face of @OnwardStSports’s Twitter account, so we’ll have to add an A to his jersey. Robinson, a junior forward, was sidelined with an injury since the season opener in 2015-16, but clearly being a Penn State hockey captain is about much more than just physical performance.
The Nittany Lions open their season against Queen’s University of Kingston, Ontario on October 2. Is it October yet?